CINCINNATI -- In a move to create more money for the club to spend on international signings, the Mariners announced Saturday that they traded infielder Alex Liddi and their international signing slot No. 3 to the Orioles. In exchange, Baltimore sent its international signing slot No. 2 to Seattle.
According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Baltimore's slot is worth $351,200, while Seattle's comes in at $277,500. With the swap, the Mariners have an extra $73,700 to work with as they look to sign international players.
The trade comes thanks to a new wrinkle in international signing this year, as teams are given a $700,000 base and a bonus pool made up of four slot values based on their 2012 record. Clubs can then exchange those values, much like the Mariners and Orioles did on Saturday.
Liddi, an international player himself from Italy, was signed by the Mariners in 2005. He appeared in eight games for the team this season, batting .059 (1-for-17). Seattle designated the 24-year-old for assignment on June 28, when the team called up Brad Miller from Triple-A Tacoma.
Franklin doesn't start after playing through pain Friday
CINCINNATI -- After Nick Franklin bunted a ball off his right knee in the third inning of Friday's 4-2 win over the Reds, manager Eric Wedge opted to keep his young infielder in the game, even though he was hobbled on the play.
Wedge treated it as a learning experience for Franklin, who has become the Mariners' starting second baseman since making his Major League debut on May 27.
"If he's going to be an everyday guy, you've got to play through things like that," Wedge said. "It's just part of it. When you play every day, and you get nicked and a little banged up from time to time, you've got to play through it."
Franklin had no objection to staying in the game, but when he limped into the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, his name was not in the lineup. However, Franklin pinch-hit in the sixth inning and struck out.
Brad Miller -- leading off for the second straight day -- moved over to second base to replace Franklin with Brendan Ryan getting the start at shortstop.
Meanwhile, Franklin was uncertain of the exact terminology for the injury that kept him out of action on Saturday, but he said the main issue was the immediate swelling he experienced just above his kneecap.
"It's stiff," Franklin said. "It's pretty hard to bend, but I think if it bothered me just a little bit, I'd be out there playing."
Franklin entered Saturday batting .290 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 35 games. He homered in his first at-bat on Friday, and he was frustrated that he couldn't get back on the field to keep it going.
"It's the first time it's ever actually happened to me, on a bunt, especially," Franklin said. "It's like out of all things, it's a bunt off the knee. You don't really expect it to do anything."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.